Bail for R16,3 million heist accused

2016-01-07 11:00
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Pietermaritzburg - A man charged with participating in the R16,3 million cash-in-transit heist in Oribi last year was granted R50 000 bail in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

As part of his bail conditions, Herman Thuthani Ndlovu (38) will have to report to the Kempton Park police station twice a week, as he will be returning to his two businesses in Johannesburg once released. Ndlovu was charged with robbing a Brinks SA armoured vehicle of R16,3 million in foreign currency near the Pietermaritzburg airport on May 28.

Ndlovu has been in custody since his arrest on October 14. He is the first known suspect to have been arrested and charged in connection with the robbery.

Upon bail being granted, Ndlovu’s attorney, Srish Partab, said that his client was now satisfied that justice had been done and “will persist in his defence of the charges”.

At his last appearance, Ndlovu, a widower and father of five children, said in an affidavit that he owns Thuthani Transport and Classic Hair Salon, from which he draws a salary of around R50 000 per month.

He listed assets valued at around R1 million, but also acknowledged debts of about the same amount. His next court appearance on January 28.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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